Jake Paul finally has a legit opponent, even if he will be close to 50 years old, and it will be the longest reigning UFC champion in history- Anderson Silva.
“The plan is for me to fight at 185 [pounds] going forward and that’s what I wanted this fight at given it was the weight Anderson Silva fought at during his reign as the most dominant UFC champion ever,” Paul told ESPN. “Anderson’s team asked if we could set the weight at 187, 2 pounds more than what I wanted. That level of professionalism and precision is appreciated, and of course I agreed to his request” said Paul. This would equate to 85 KG.
Since retiring from mma in 2020, Silva has dazzled in boxing, getting the best of all 3 of his boxing fights including a win over former Boxing world champion- Julio Caesar Chavez Jr.
Jake Paul is 5-0 in boxing and this will be his 4th fight against a UFC fighter having previously MMA champions Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley twice. Silva may be over a decade passed his prime but he’s still by far the most legit competition Paul has faced.
“Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva is the most versatile fighter the world has ever seen,” Paul said in a statement. “Just a year ago he outclassed boxing champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and showed the world why he is often referred to as the greatest fighter of all time. Every expert, from MMA to boxing, has said Jake Paul won’t fight Anderson Silva. They said Jake Paul is afraid of Anderson Silva, and Jake Paul would lose to Anderson Silva. Well, to all the non-believers – Jake Paul is fighting Anderson Silva. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to share the ring with the greatest UFC striker of all time. On Saturday, October 29, I will walk humbly into the ring, touch gloves with a living legend and do my best to exterminate ‘The Spider.’”
The fight will be 8 rounds, anything longer would seem to favor Silva as Paul did seem quite tired 8 rounds into his first Woodley fight, Silva however is know for strong cardio in mma or boxing